Today President Obama held a joint news conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. It began to drizzle during this Rose Garden presser and POTUS did not hesitate to call in the Marines to hold up umbrellas.
Strangely, one of Mr. Obama's answers touched on the dangers on the outpost in Benghazi, Libya, where the State Department repeatedly denied additional security and refused to send in the Marines (or special forces) when terrorists killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
But of course Mr. Obama alluded to others to blame for all mistakes. President Obama urged called on Congress to fully fund Embassy Security. But for the 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack, it was the White House's call to not send in forces to rescue Americans in distress. It's better to have Marines look good holding an umbrella as well as the bag for foreign failures.
Post Scriptus-- It seems that ordering Marines to carry umbrellas while in uniform is a violation of Marine Corps regulations. But what do rules matter in the Obama Administration?